Collingwood coach, Nathan Buckley, attributes their success to taking a strengths based approach

Collingwood coach, Nathan Buckley, attributes their success to taking a strengths based approach For those of you not in Victoria, it's 'Footy Grand Final Week' here in Open Door's home state and this weekend the Collingwood Magpies take on…
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Three Cheers for the Champions of Coaching

Three Cheers for the Champions of Coaching  This week is 'Coaching Week' in Australia!Coach Week is a celebration of 'all things coaching' and for me it holds an extra special piece of significance this  year as this month we celebrate…

Special announcement - Strengthscope in Australia

Open Door signs exclusive agreement to distribute strengths based products and accredit coaches as Strengthscope PractitionersOpen Door is very pleased to announce our new agreement with Strengths Partnership in the UK to be the exclusive…

Mentoring for High Performance

We are often asked on our programs ‘what’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?’ and many managers realise that what they call ‘coaching’ is actually ‘mentoring’.  In this blog, rather than explore the differences, I…

The role of vulnerability in leadership

I was reflecting recently after a couple of executive coaching sessions about the topic of vulnerability.  My clients, both very senior women where discussing the role that vulnerability plays in their workplace and particularly as part of…

Shifting Under Performance - Part 1

Whenever I am delivering a coaching workshop and talking about coaching to enable engagement, accountability, responsibility and high performance, our conversations are often naturally diverted by someone who says…‘It’s all very well…

Having a Great Performance Conversation!

I really like the topic of this blog! And not just because I wrote it! It’s because I really believe that done well, performance conversations can be a great experience for managers and their teams.  However, all too often in our workplaces…

To see the potential, you only need to look!

Sound like a pretty obvious statement, doesn’t it? ‘To see the potential, you only need to look!’ But it does strike me as curious that some managers we are working with initially do not see the potential in their people.  And they certainly…

Knowing the GROW Model versus actually coaching!

In all of our coaching programs we ask participants to go back and just ask the basic ‘four top coaching questions’ to really practice the GROW Model:What is it you want to achieve? (Or what is your goal?) What’s happening now? …

Forget active listening and just listen!

So one of the ideas that I have been reflecting on lately is whether the concept of active listening has become out dated!  Yes, I know it’s a bit controversial! But before all great coaches before me rise up and call for me to hand in my…